Roddick d. Lopez 6-7, 6-4, 6-2

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What a match! Although, I did enjoy the QF and SF more from Roddick’s half where he was far more agressive. One reason for not being agressive today was Lopez. Lopez did not allow Roddick to do anything really. The few times he made poor approaches to the net, Roddick was more efficient and took those vital points. I was actually wondering, when is Roddick going to get a chance to hit a big forehand?

I can’t remember it happening ONCE. Lopez kept hitting to Roddick’s backhand, which on defense, isn’t always poison. But several times, it bit Lopez pretty hard in the butt, especially in the final set.

One thing that was close to last night’s SF was the serving. Man, do those boys know how to serve! Lopez kept hitting himself out of tough situation with the lefty advantage and was brilliant on serve. At the net I don’t think he could have been better, although he missed a few easy volleys here and there. But we knew Lopez for serve-volleying, not effective baselining. Well how good was his forehand! 1st set, I thought Lopez was better than Roddick in most baseline rallies. If he can keep up that little “detail” for the rest of the year, he should be a type of Berdych, Karlovic, Ancic type of player who hunts a spot in top 10-15.

This coming week should be exciting in terms of candidates for the IW title. Will the top 3 return in their respective positions in tournaments? Will Federer even show up with his illness? Can Roddick make a mid-career breakthrough and “rejuvenate”? What about Murray and Nalbandian? It’s safe to say that March will be interesting.

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2 Responses to “Roddick d. Lopez 6-7, 6-4, 6-2”

  1. Tim Says:

    Yeah Roddick had to hit a lot of backhands today. BTW, Federer is in perfect shape according to his blog entry on his site. He has actually been 100% in 10 days and explains that he has not been able to get enough days of excercise and practice before Dubai. He is back and ready for Indian Wells and Pete Sampras!!

  2. backhand Says:

    Yup, you’re right. That stomach virus seems to have been mononucleosis. But he says that the main issue is to get 100%, so he isn’t quite yet. Interesting to see how well he can start off in California. Pete Sampras exhibition… it’s fun but I couldn’t care less for the outcome.

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